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A circuit court judge in Mississippi has refused to let defense attorneys hire their own expert to review two autopsies done by medical examiners hired by the district attorney:

A Hinds County Circuit Court judge Thursday denied an accused murderer's request to preserve the body of slain Jackson State University student Latasha Norman and hire an outside expert to examine her body.

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  1. Keep up the good work, Radley — you’re a badass. I’ve opened up a lot of eyes with your work.

  2. The right to bury their daughter now rather than in a few weeks trumps the accused’s right to examine the evidence against him?

    Boss Hogg, Haley Barbour, what’s the difference?

  3. Boss Hogg, Haley Barbour, what’s the difference?

    Sadly, the only substantial difference is that Mr J.D. Hogg was fictional.

  4. aren’t you sorry now that you didn’t let Mississippi et al. secede?

  5. “Though I’ve heard there may be some eventual movement toward reform down there, it looks like for the short-term at least, it’s business as usual.”

    There’s been a movement toward reform down there since reconstruction.

  6. Keep up the good work, Radley — you’re a badass. I’ve opened up a lot of eyes with your work.

    seconded. and don’t forget to thank Cole’s attorney, public defender Matthew Eichelberger, too.

  7. Mississippi justice has long passed Naval Intelligence as an oxymoron.

  8. District Attorney Faye Peterson said she aggressively fought the request because it would have been “cruel” to Norman’s family.

    It’s not the job of the district attorney to represent the families of crime victims.

  9. District Attorney Faye Peterson said she aggressively fought the request because it would have been “cruel” to Norman’s family. “This family has been through so much for so long. They have a right to bury their daughter,” she said.

    But they don’t have a right to bury Stanley Cole.

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